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This is the programme that took place 11-12 September 2018.

Tuesday, 11 September

11:00 - 12:00

Registration Day 1

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12:00 - 12:15

Welcome Remarks – Tuesday

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Form our CEO, Marie-Claire Isaaman, and City, University of London

12:15 - 13:25

ESPORTS: Meet the Stars. Hear from our Pro Streamers. Influencing the world from home.

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WIGJ seeks to educate and inspire from this workshop, learning from the professionals who are already leading in their field.

12:15 - 13:25

WIGJ Ambassadors in Action

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13:30 - 14:30

Tuesday Lunch and Networking, sponsored by Hangar 13

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Visit the Expo and meet lots of new people!

14:30 - 15:25

ESPORTS: Become a presenter, shoutcaster or showhost or tournament organiser

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WIGJ seeks to educate and inspire from this workshop, learning from the professionals who are already leading in their field.

14:30 - 15:25

International Focus: News from Europe and Setting up a National Women in Games Group

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What is happening across Europe amongst women's groups and countries without groups? The panel is from Italy, Spain, Turkey and Scotland, chaired by WIGJ Founder, David Smith

14:30 - 15:25

Mentoring Workshop Part 1

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Want to get that warm glow of helping others in your profession make it to the next level? Or to start that new venture? Interested in becoming a mentor in the videogames industry? Don’t allow yourself to be put off by worrying about whether you have sufficient experience or the right skillset! Great mentoring can happen at ALL levels. Come to our workshop and get a taste of mentoring – and a copy of our “how to” guide. Mentoring can be such a career-enhancing experience – don’t miss out on what it could give you.

14:30 - 15:25

“Is it a great time to be a woman in games? (We think so!)” A discussion with the women of Hangar 13.

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Join this panel discussion between comedian, podcaster and games journalist Ellie Gibson and some of the women from the team at Hangar 13 – one of 2K’s biggest, most cutting edge development studios. With more than 70 years of combined experience in the games industry, the Hangar 13 team will discuss why it’s great to be a woman in games. You’ll hear their stories of how they got started and why they’ve stayed, with the goal of providing attendees with applicable guidance and inspiration.

15:30 - 16:25

Confidence building workshop

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Confidence: the essential ability to help you succeed in your career. In this workshop, you will learn some simple techniques to raise your communication stats and boost your confidence XP, from introvert (with a mutated extrovert gene) Jon Torrens.  (Warning: you may be asked to speak out loud in front of the rest of the group. Terrifying, eh?)

15:30 - 16:25

ESPORTS: Meet the stars. Forming and managing an esports team

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WIGJ seeks to educate and inspire from this workshop, learning from the professionals who are already leading in their field.

15:30 - 16:25

European Advocacy Awards Presentations

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Our advocates will be speaking about the Rainbow Game Jam, BAME in Games, Code Liberation, Games Accessibility Guidelines, and M.E. advocating for #LGBTQ #blackgamedev #codingforwomen gameaccessibility and MEAction

There will be 5 x 10 minute presentations by our shortlisted advocates and the audience will vote on who they want to win an Advocacy Award. The Awards will be made at 8.00 pm at the Women in Games Party at Trapeze.

15:30 - 16:25

Mentoring Workshop Part 2

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Want to get that warm glow of helping others in your profession make it to the next level? Or to start that new venture? Interested in becoming a mentor in the videogames industry? Don’t allow yourself to be put off by worrying about whether you have sufficient experience or the right skillset! Great mentoring can happen at ALL levels. Come to our workshop and get a taste of mentoring – and a copy of our “how to” guide. Mentoring can be such a career-enhancing experience – don’t miss out on what it could give you.

16:30 - 16:55

Break and Refreshments

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17:00 - 17:35

What is Esports and the Future for Women in Esports?

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A panel discussion with the WIGJ esports team, chaired by Esports Presenter, Lottie Van Praag on what exactly is esports and the future of women in the male dominated, open esports tournament environment.

17:35 - 17:55

Women in Games UK Esports Awards

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The first day of the conference will end with the Women in Games UK Esports Awards  which have been created to recognise prominent women in esports and allies in their own right. The UK is "coming from behind" compared to many countries in Europe and these awards seek to celebrate the talent that is from or based in the UK, to inspire more talent to take their place on the world stage.

18:00 - 19:00

Networking Drinks sponsored by Nerial

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Nerial have just announced thier new game. Reigns: Game Of Thrones

19:00 - 23:55

Women in Games Party sponsored by Epic Games

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To celebrate the end of the first day of the Conference, delegates will be making their way to Trapeze from 7.00 pm for a welcome drink on arrival and a token that enables them to secure another free drink. Free food is also being provided from about 8.30 but when the food is gone, its gone. Trapeze is a 20 minute walk at 89 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HX

Conference delegates will gain entry with their conference badge or conference ticket and do not need to not register again for the party. WIGJ is also inviting local games developers to join the delegates from the conference.

WIGJ will present the European Advocacy Awards, sponsored by 2K/ Hangar 13 at the Party at about 8.00 pm.

DAYS ENDS. BED

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Wednesday, 12 September

08:30 - 09:30

Registration Opens – Tea and Coffee

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Get your badge and Programme Guide, refreshments and start networking.

09:30 - 09:45

Opening Remarks – Wednesday

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09:45 - 10:30

Opening Key Note Address

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Sharon Hodgson will speak about her life as an MP in a variety of roles including the shadow Minister for Equality brief. She will also explain about the All Party Parliamentary Group on Videogames - what the group of MP's from all political parties does to lead for games in the Houses of Parliament. There will be approx. 20 minutes for questions.

  • Sharon Hodgson MP Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Video Games - MP for Washington and Sunderland West.
10:30 - 11:25

Developer Session: We’re Live! …Now What? How to keep up with liveops development

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This talk will focus on what happens AFTER you publish your game and start developing liveops updates. The mobile game world is fast-paced and it’s easy to get lost in the crowd, and Cassie will share how her roadmap, priorities, and design choices keep her game’s momentum going. She will dive deep into how choices get made and why it’s important to be extra careful making changes to a live game.

Key Takeaway: Once you go live you no longer truly own your product, your users do, and they have expectations. You must take it slow and gather information from multiple sources before making changes, no matter how experienced you are.

10:30 - 11:25

Entrepreneurship: Starting your own Business. How to overcome the hurdles.

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In March this year the Telegraph launched The Women Mean Business Campaign to close the funding gap facing Female Entrepreneurs. Startups run by women receive just 9% of venture capital despite the fact around a third of all businesses in the country are female owned. Widespread research has also shown that female entrepreneurs have to battle unconscious bias in pitching rooms, where they struggle to get their ideas taken seriously by predominantly male investors. Men are — according to the Entrepreneurs Network — 86 per cent more likely than women to be venture capital funded, And women consistently receive fewer and smaller bank loans for higher interest rates than men. In relationship to the game industries.

10:30 - 11:25

Game Narrative Workshop – What your writer wants you to know

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Chella Ramanan and Jana Van Geest, Wooga (writer) formerly of Ubi Montreal (AC: Origins) and Guerrilla (Horizon Zero Dawn).

10:35 - 11:25

Second Key Note Address

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11:30 - 12:55

HR Managers Forum: Enhancing Your Resilience

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[This is an annual session dedicated to HR people in the games industry and those that undertake an HR role as part of their management duties.]

Resilience is our ability to adapt to change, recover from setbacks and stay resourceful and energised. It’s one of the most important attributes for a successful career and personal life. We’ll be exploring  how you can enhance your resilience, so whatever your role or organisation this workshop is relevant to you.

 

12:00 - 12:25

Development Session Art

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12:00 - 12:55

Education Panel with ReFIG

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Gender research and activism for the game industries: sharing knowledge (How The Industry Can Learn From and Contribute to Research Projects and Visa Versa)

12:30 - 12:50

A Conversation with Unity

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A conversation with a Tech Evangelist and a Diversity Recruiter.

  • Corin Ryda Diversity & Talent Recruitment - Unity Technologies
  • Liz Mercuri Technical Evangelist - Unity Technologies
13:00 - 14:00

Wednesday Lunch and Expo Visit, sponsored by Jagex

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Take a break and replenish ready for the afternoon session.

14:00 - 14:55

Heroine’s Journey – Take Charge of your Career Workshop

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‘We're used the the myth of the lone hero (usually male) who sets out on a quest, overcomes obstacles and wins the prize - The Hero's Journey. As well as a template for stories and games, many of us try to navigate our careers in this way. Yet it can feel like a lonely and competitive path, and sometimes the prize we have worked for can feel empty when we finally achieve it.

There is another way. Women have their own path known as The Heroine's Journey - a series of stages that allow us to be true to ourselves and navigate our path through work and life in a way that values our strengths. In this workshop you will learn the essential differences between the Heroine's and the Hero's path, and how you can apply this to your career to achieve the results you want with less stress and more ease’.

14:00 - 14:55

Impact In House. A Women’s Group at your University or Studio?

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What is involved in a women's group at a company or university level? Advice will be given based on experience from 4 great panelists chaired by WIGJ Board member, Marine Cabour.

14:00 - 14:55

Press Start to Play: The changing role of video games journalism

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14:00 - 14:55

Tips to Increasing Diversity in your Games Studio

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WIGJ Board Member Rupert Whitehead gives an update on the board teams work on the document and website to be published giving advice on all aspects of diversity in a games studio.

15:00 - 15:25

Break, Refreshments and Expo Visit

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15:30 - 15:45

Student Awards, sponsored by Improbable

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6 successful students who have had their travel and accommodation paid for by Improbable on the basis of their work portfolios will be invited up on stage to celebrate thier achievement.

  • Jessica Falk Co founder Uni Women's Group and Software Engineer - Improbable
  • Lottie Van Praag WIGJ Conference Host and Presenter - Gfinity plc
15:45 - 15:55

Hall of Fame Awards – Presented by Facebook

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Congratulations to the 5 shortlisted for the WIGJ European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards! Christine Burgess, Gisela Vaquero, Jodie Azhar, Simay Dinç and Tanya Laird. To vote you need first to follow @wigj on Twitter.

16:00 - 16:55

Closing Key Note Address

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17:00 - 18:30

Closing Networking Drinks, sponsored by 2K

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